19 August 2016

Chapter 36 – The ghost ship & the cat lady saga begins

Windswept had arranged a 5 day songwriting trip for me in Norway, Denmark & Sweden, and this time Andy would be joining me as guitarist and co-writer. I was happy about that – not just because he’s my playmate and beau, but also because we work well together, he knows me musically and his presence can help steer things should they take a turn for the pop-tastic...
30 June 2016

Chapter 35 – Dirty rotten songwriting plagiarists

I was starting to write regularly with various songwriters, and through every experience I learned something new. For the most part these were positive learning experiences but sometimes it could be disappointing … with a few “Oh no you didn’t” moments thrown in for good measure (for the record, in my head that sounded like Tyra Banks, it doesn’t have same impact with...
02 June 2016

Chapter 34 – Kissing Me

We settled in quickly and got our little hobbit studio up and running. My publishers were booking sessions in for me with various writers but they were also keen for me to write alone, at home. One of the first songs I recorded in the flat was called ‘Kissing Me.’ I wrote this song a couple of years before in...
26 May 2016

Chapter 33 – Moving to the big smoke

Now I had signed to Sony, it was time for Andy and I to re-locate. I had been paid the first instalment from my record and publishing advances, and as it was a sizeable chunk, so I needed to find an accountant (which I did, a nice man called Jonathan) and figure out how best to move forward.  My first...
17 May 2016

Chapter 32 – Signing with Sony Music

It felt like months were passing … and in fact, months were passing and all of my time was spent discussing contracts. I was itching to sign with Sony so I could just get on and start writing, but the contract between Jud and I was still going back and forth, and it was taking it’s toll on us both. It...
19 February 2016

Chapter 31 – Contracts, contracts, contracts.

Finally things were beginning to move forward a little in regards to all the contracts I had in the air, and I probably spoke to my lawyer Stephen, more than anyone else in my life at this point in time. We were still thrashing out the contact with Jud (the producer), with Sony (the label), with Windswept (the publisher), and with...